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5 Postdoctoral Fellowships in Climate and Global Change. 'Combining natural & social research'

Date: 2017-02-06

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5 Postdoctoral Fellowships in Climate and Global Change

Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA)
‘Maria de Maetzu’ Unit of Excellence



The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) offers 5 two-year post-doc fellowships for research on climate change within the ICTA-UAB Unit of Excellence ‘María de Maeztu’.

Minimum requirements are a Ph.D. degree obtained before the beginning of the contract, with a maximum of seven years since completion of the PhD (not including maternity leaves or other health-related breaks of career). Only very strong candidates with a very promising research trajectory and excellent capabilities will be considered. The successful applicants will become core members of the ‘Unit of Excellence’ funding programme (which will include research supervisors, 19 PhD students, the 5 postdoctoral researchers, and a research manager). They will have full freedom to develop their research agenda, a competitive salary for Spanish standards (minimum 30.100 Euros gross per annum, varying depending on experience) and a travel budget with possibility for visiting research stays.

The call is open to candidates from all disciplines including the natural and social sciences, humanities and engineering. Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their academic record and the strength of their research agenda.

The application includes:

  1. A single doc file containing
    1. A statement on research interests (1500 characters – not counting spaces - maximum), followed by a list of up to 5 of the applicant’s most relevant publications.
    2. A proposal (3000 characters maximum) concerning the research to be conducted.
    3. The names, affiliations and emails of two referees, that will be contacted if necessary and who should be willing to provide a letter within a two-weeks’ notice.
  1. A single .pdf file (up to 4 Mb) containing the candidate's CV in English.
  1. A pdf of the best academic article where the applicant is the lead (or sole) author - published, in press, or submitted and under revision.  

Deadline for applications is 8 pm (CET) on 17th April 2017: contracts should start during 2017. Please write to pr.mdm.icta@uab.cat for further information or to apply for the positions.
 

About ICTA-UAB María de Maeztu Unit of Excellence:

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology was accredited as ‘María de Maeztu’ Unit of Excellence 2015 (MDM-2015-0552) by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO). The award is the highest institutional recognition of scientific research in Spain. ICTA-UAB is confirmed as a leading research institute on environmental science and global change.

ICTA-UAB is implementing a Strategic Research Programme (2016-2019) intended to consolidate its scientific capabilities on the field of climate change, contribute to the leadership of Spanish research and act as an international pole of attraction for talent. The plan addresses major global environmental and sustainability challenges related to anthropogenic climate change, focusing on establishing the current state of knowledge on climate change and its socio-economic impacts, and on putting forward transformative solutions at the local and regional levels. ICTA researchers follow a trans-disciplinary approach that ranges from the natural sciences to engineering and social sciences.

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